Statistics Botswana (SB) held a two day workshop at Travelodge, Gaborone from 12th -13th June 2019 to capacitate Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoTE) on statistical processes.
Officially opening the workshop, Deputy Statistician General (DSG), Ms Malebogo Kerekang said statistics is a complex subject not only in theory but also in the practical sense.
“Producing data entails a chain of processes termed “statistical value chain” which include; questionnaire design, data collection, data processing, analysis, report writing, documentation, dissemination and archiving” she said.
Ms Kerekang further said that the aforementioned processes and standards are critical steps in the production of official statistics bearing in mind that data users require quality official statistics for informed policy formulation and decision making.
“These processes are relevant whether dealing with surveys, censuses or administrative data and this workshop will pave way to hopefully come up with structured joint work plan that will facilitate implementation of our MoU”, said Ms Kerekang.
SB and MoTE signed MoU in September 2017. The DSG also said it is necessary for SB, as the custodian of official statistics, to collaborate with sectors, ministries, departments and agencies to capacitate data handlers on issues of data collection and management.
Ms Kerekang appealed to MoTE leadership to consider coming up with structured mechanism, through their Sector Statistics Plan (SSP) to improve their statistical production.
“This will go a long way especially when you have to report on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other indicators that are within your mandate”, she said.
Outlining the objectives of the workshop the Acting Manager National Statistical System and External Relations (NSS & ER), Ms Ipuseng Zambo said the workshop aimed to do the following:
• Enable all those who are hands on data/statistics production in the public and private sectors to use internationally recognized standards and methods for data collection, processing, analysis, dissemination and archiving.
Ms Zambo further said that the statistical capacity being provided is also a wakeup call to sectors to put in place the relevant human resources for the production of statistics in their sector and adequate statistical infrastructure for their surveys, research and statistical activities.
“As SB we have realized that there is a critical need to capacitate sectors on the statistical value chain and other statistical processes”, said Ms Zambo.
Ms Zambo further said the main purpose for capacity building workshop was to improve the availability of important environmental, economic and social indicators for all national and international performance monitoring frameworks.
Ms Zambo also appealed to SB and MoTE to work more closely together and provide good coordination, cooperation and communication to achieve the production of social indicators for the Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology sector.
“This will not be the last capacity building workshop, and time and again lets both of us sit and reflect what more statistical capacity gaps still exists in the tertiary education, research, science and technology sector”, she said.
Giving a background on the scope of the MoU, Chief Research and Technology Officer at MoTE, Mr Abraham Mathodi said the two parties will cooperate with each other in the following areas:
• Technical support & development: provide each other with technical support and development on surveys and research studies.
• Capacity building: build capacity and share expertise in various areas.
• Sharing statistical data and information: share statistical information and data on various indicators, share data collection, processing expertise, analysis tools, and dissemination.
• Undertake joint research in the production of official statistics.
•Further collaborate on areas where such collaboration is preceded by mutual consent of the two organizations.
Mr Mathodi also expressed concern on the slow pace on the implementation of the MoU.
“Implementation is not up to scratch. MoU was signed in 2017 but this is the first workshop” said a concerned Mr Mathodi.
He however said that he is hopeful that this workshop is a sign of good things to come.
SB drilled Participants on the following topics:
• UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics and the Statistical Value Chain
• Presentation on Data Quality Assurance Framework (DQAF)
• Sampling design
• Map Use and Interpretation in data collection
• Data Collection –Stages of Data Collection Cycle- Tabulation Collection
• Standards and Classifications (ISCED)
• Role Clarity on Data Management Cycle Coding/ Editing
• Data Collection –Stages of Data Collection Cycle